Webometric Thoughts

May 2, 2008

xRank Musician Feature: Exactly the same as celebrity list!

Filed under: Microsoft,xRank — admin @ 2:00 pm

Before advertising a new feature it is always best to check that it works: xRank has added a musicians list to its celebrity list. However, unless I am very much mistaken, the two lists are exactly the same (nb. you can click on the pics to see them more clearly):
xRank Celebrity
xRank Musician
May I take this opportunity to congratulate Daniel Day Lewis on his new single.

April 25, 2008

xRank: Another frivolous ranking

Filed under: Microsoft,xRank — admin @ 8:00 am

Hot on the heels of the BBC’s Sound Index, Microsoft have announced the launch of xRank, a ranking of celebrities by search volume. Whilst there were a few negative comments about the sort of music that made it to the top of the Sound Index, the mere existence of xRank is a damning indictment of society. Whilst it has a certain curiosity value the first time, what sort of person will regularly return? Maybe just the celebrities and their stalkers.

The good news is that, unlike the decidedly flawed Sound Index, Cliff Richard is in the xRank index: currently at 97 after a sudden fall of 54 places.

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